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Minister Zappone updates the Children’s Committee of the Oireachtas on the Affordable Childcare Scheme

January 30, 2018

Last Wednesday, 24th January 2018, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone TD, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

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Advocacy in Action Jan 4th 2018 introduction

January 4, 2018

In this month’s Advocacy in Action our feature piece is on the Childcare Support Bill, which was presented before the Houses of the Oireachtas in December and is designed to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Affordable Childcare Scheme to be debated in the Oireachtas

January 3, 2018

Minister Zappone recently presented the Childcare Support Bill before the Houses of the Oireachtas, Dáil Eireann and Seanad Eireann. The Bill, which is a proposal for legislation, aims to provide the statutory basis for the Affordable Childcare Scheme.

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Support Point Update 12th December 2017

December 12, 2017

This week our Tusla inspection non-compliances series covers qualification requirements, we look at carer's leave and what should be included in your fire safety register.

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Independent Review on the Cost of Providing Quality Childcare

December 12, 2017

Crowe Horwath are undertaking an independent review on the cost of providing quality childcare on behalf of DCYA. In response to their call for evidence, the initial information gathering part of the review, ECI submitted a variety of studies and reports, both our own and external, which we believe are essential reading to understand the complexities and challenges facing the early childhood care and education sector.

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Support Point Update 5th December 2017

December 6, 2017

This week we look at when a child can be registered for ECCE January enrolment, Force Majeure Leave and frequent non-compliances on Tusla inspections.

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Call for Evidence to Inform an Independent Review of the Cost of Providing Quality Childcare

November 7, 2017

DCYA today announced the first part of the Independent Review of the cost of providing quality childcare: a call for evidence, which will inform subsequent stages of the Independent Review. Following this initial piece of evidence gathering, Crowe Horwath will engage with childcare providers in the form of a survey, interviews, focus groups, and consultation with sector representative bodies and other stakeholders.

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Support Point Update 7th Nov 2017

November 7, 2017

This week we have the final installment of our HR Webinar Series, a piece on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and info on how to apply for the Programme Support Payment.

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Support Point Update 24th Oct 2017

October 24, 2017

In this week's Support Point we have a piece on the implications of closures due to Storm Ophelia; a piece on Changes to ECCE Enrolment and an update on the Learner Fund Bursary.

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Support Point Update 17th Oct 2017

October 17, 2017

This week we have our second installment of the HR Webinar Series, information on risk assessments, and we look at the changes made to the ECCE Scheme in Budget 2018.

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